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Mysterious Mr. Wong, The

Published 1934

You can find more information regarding this film on its IMDb page.

Run time 50:45
Producer George Yohalem
Production Company Monogram Pictures Corporation
Audio/Visual sound, b&w


Reviewer: Dark Corners - - July 27, 2013
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Reviewer: Kodachrome - favoritefavoritefavorite - October 14, 2010
Subject: An average drama from 75 years ago.
Copyright shown on the film itself says 1935.

Most certainly not Mr. Wong the detective. Bela Lugosi’s pal Boris Karloff, played that Mr. Wong.

The race issue is most unremarkable. This movie is 75 years old. What is remarkable is that Bela played Wong. Many Asian characters were played by round eyed actors of European descent in the 30’s and 40’s. In addition to Boris Karloff playing the detective Mr. Wong, Sidney Toler played Charlie Chan for years and Peter Lorre starred as the Japanese detective Mr. Moto.

The reporter tells his girlfriend “I never walked out on a dame in my life.” Sure, he may have dragged them into dangerous situations, but walk out on them? Never!

The loud sound which unnerved the girlfriend may have been a “Tong gong,” but was it Wong’s Tong gong?

The idea that Mr. Wong spoke with a Hungarian accent, may be explained by that cool looking pipe Lugosi was hitting throughout in the movie.

I wouldn’t skip any meals or cancel any appointments to see this movie, but if you have nothing better to do... 3 stars.

BTW, slavery was not the issue over which the Union and the Confederacy were fighting. The tying of the slavery issue to the war was done after the war had begun and represented a desperate move on Lincoln's part to claim high moral ground to gain public support. FYI.
Reviewer: jonfrum - favoritefavoritefavorite - October 13, 2010
Subject: Spare us your moral superiority
It's so painful to read these protestations of racism in reviews of 60 year old movies. So you've developed the superior intellect to figure out that there was racism in Hollywood movies back in grandpa's day? Did it cost you a college education to figure that out? To disguise their emptiness of their puny little minds, they parrot what they read somewhere else. Next they'll be telling us that the Civil War had something to do with slavery. Ya think?
Reviewer: accalaurie49 - favoritefavoritefavorite - June 9, 2010
Subject: Mysterious Bela L.
Bela Lugosi as mysterious chinese shopkeeper and secret leader of the most incompetent criminal gang I have ever seen. the triads of the real world would never have come to existence and power if managing their business like this. But I don´t mind. I like Belas "hungarian" chinese playing cat and mouse with the newspaperman. Sadly the film seems to be incomplete. As a previous reviewer stated, one can follow the storyline.
Reviewer: Budro - favorite - September 8, 2009
Subject: Stinks.
This may not be the worst grade B movie that I have ever watched, but if not, it is a close second. It is horrible!
Reviewer: Alen - favoritefavorite - December 28, 2007
Subject: Yawn!
That, my friend, was boring!
Reviewer: Shadows_Girl - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - May 26, 2007
Subject: I like it
OK...there's a hint of racism (not as bad as in SOME films of the period---but you don't have to look hard to spot it---the Irish cop delivers a few racist comments (and that charcter, itself, is a stereotype.

But Wally Ford delivers his usual tongue-in-cheek performance as the wise-cracking reporter (one recalls him doing the same sort of job against Bela in 1943's THE APE MAN). This time he has Arline Judge instead of Louise Currie to play off of with the comedic/romantic banter so popular in films of the day (1940's HIS GIRL FRIDAY with Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell is, perhaps, the BEST example of this).

One note: This isn't the COMPLETE film there are a few scenes missing but if you haven't seen the complete film this probably won't bother you---you can still follow the plot.

Bela is his usual malefic self, here---and the film is superior to many he wound up making just to keep body and soul together. He didn't need to be ashamed of THIS one. Overall it is an enjoyable comedy/mystery/romance movie. I give it four stars.
Reviewer: specs - favoritefavoritefavorite - March 21, 2006
Subject: correction about fu manchu
Mr. Karloff played the evil genius only once. A
film with a very Myna Loy (his daughter in film)
and Mr. Lewis Stone (as Manchu's nememis, Nayland Smith). The film was made through MGM
studios in the 1930's. Christopher Lee also tried hishand at being the evil genius with Nigel Green as Smith in the 1970's.
Reviewer: moxey - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 21, 2006
Subject: Bela goes East
good {short} cheapie with Bela lugosi.
the newspaper reporter was very good as well.

last viewer mentioned racism.
must be looking for it-- to see it-- i guess.Some films of the era may have been.this one seems harmless enough.

Bela plays an evil Chinese guy with an Hungarian accent.Yes....its that good.

dont recall Bela playing another nationality in any other film, unlike his rival Karloff who made a few as Fu Manchu, so this one is a treat.
Reviewer: jimelena - favoritefavorite - November 21, 2005
Subject: Not Good
This is not MR Wong the detective. It's the evil Mr. Wong (Bela Lagosi)who will stop at nothing to get the twelve coins of Confusius.
Bela is good but the movie is not, very campy, very racist.
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